Final Score: Chicago 95, Detroit 94
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Luol Deng scored 28 points, including 13 in the
fourth quarter, and grabbed nine boards, as the Chicago Bulls held off the
Detroit Pistons, 95-94, on Sunday.
Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson scored 16 points apiece, with Butler recording
five steals for the Bulls, who have won four of their last five games.
"I was concerned about this game, coming off one yesterday and understanding
how important it is to be ready," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "We dodged a
bullet. We were fortunate. We got out of a hole."
Chicago has won 18 straight against Detroit. The Pistons last defeated the
Bulls on Dec. 23, 2008.
Rodney Stuckey had a team-high 25 points off the bench for the Pistons, who
are on a three-game losing streak and have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
Greg Monroe had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Charlie Villanueva tallied 14
points in the setback.
"This isn't a one-player problem," said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "This
isn't a one-coach problem. This is a team problem that we all have to share
the responsibility. We all want to get this right. We'll find [the answers]
whether they're here on our roster now or whether it's [someone else] in the
future that will play at a whole lot more competitive level. We're capable of
doing a whole lot more."
At halftime, Detroit had a 57-53 edge.
The Pistons extended their lead by eight, 70-62, with 5:07 to play in the
third period. However, the Bulls slowly made their way back.
Neither team scored a field goal in the final 1:58, but Deng hit one of his
two free throws with 31 seconds left and cut Detroit's lead to three, 74-71,
entering the fourth quarter.
Deng then powered the Bulls to victory in the fourth. With 8:37 remaining in
regulation, he made a running layup to give the Bulls the lead, 80-78.
Chicago increased its margin to seven, 91-84, after a 3-pointer by Robinson
with 3:55 left, but Detroit did not quit.
The Pistons went on a 7-1 spurt, capped with a layup by Stuckey, to bring them
within one, 92-91, with 1:27 remaining.
However, Deng made a putback layup and Daequan Cook sank one of his two free
throws with 4.9 seconds left to put the game out of reach. Stuckey drilled a
3-pointer at the buzzer, but it was too late.
Entering the second quarter, the Pistons led 24-20.
Stuckey and Villanueva scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, in the second
period. However, Robinson had 11 points to help keep the Bulls in the game.
Deng shot 11-of-17 from the foul line ... Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson scored
11 points apiece for the Bulls ... Detroit's Andre Drummond had 14 rebounds
... Chicago leads the season series by a 3-0 margin and has automatically won
the series for the fifth straight season ... The two teams play one more time
this season on April 7, in Chicago. If Chicago wins, they will sweep Detroit
for the fourth consecutive season.
03/31 23:33:09 ET
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